London: John Murray, 1992. Book. NF. Soft cover. First Edition. [viii], 264pp, Introduction, 11 monochrome illustrations from photographs and prints, Notes, Acknowledgments, Index. 8vo/21.5cm. Paper, NF. A motley of travellers and residents' impressions and commentary. Bruce Palling was.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Brown...and Cadell and Davies, 1811. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. N.D. [1808-1811?]. Plain wrappers (loose), edgeworn and chipped, text block intact but first and last pages (573 and 776) browned from exposure, old dampstain at edge of first few and last few leaves, otherwise clean, tight and very good. This is the 8th Chapter of Pinkerton's version of Francis Buchanan's work which was originally published in 3 volumes by W. Bulmer & Co, London for T. Cadell and W.Davies and Black, Parry & Kingsbury. On the front page of this piece, a footnote indicates "The long agricultural and commercial details [or the 1807 set] are omitted." At the foot of the last page (776) is printed "End of the Eighth Volume" and at the bottom left in very small print, "Strahan and Preston/Printers Street, London.". From the British Library catalog, the complete 17 volume Pinkerton set appears to have been printed between 1808 and 1814 and this volume in 1811. No maps or illustrations are present in this piece though there were a number of such in the entire set. Dr. Francis Buchanan (1762-1829) later known as Francis Hamilton but often referred to as Francis Buchanan-Hamilton was a Scottish physician who made significant contributions as a geographer, zoologist and botanist while living in India from 1794 to 1815. In 1803-4 he was surgeon to the Governor General of India, Lord Wellesley in Calcutta and also organized the Calcutta Alipore Zoo. After the defeat of Tippu Sultan in 1799, he was asked to survey southern India resulting in this treatise..
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. [vii], 333, vii, [i] pp, double-paged map, 31 photo illustrations on sixteen plates, index. 8vo/22cm. Blue blind-stamp decorated cloth gilt, shelf wear only, in protected lightly edge-worn dj, internally fine. NF/VG. An irreverent view of India with many of its foibles exposed "with massive impartiality" as Robert Trumbull, former Times Bureau Chief in India, states in his NY Times Book Magazine review of April 20, 1958 entitled, "India With Her Make-up Off". Trumbull was Times correspondent in India from 1947 to 1955. The book is arranged by places with descriptive sub-titles, e.g., Lucknow: The Murderous Politicians; Nagpur: Christ vs Ganesh; Madras: Marx at the Fair; and Kashmir: Men in Fur Hats. East and West Pakistan are also included. Alexander Campbell (1912- ) was Time and Life correspondent in India when he wrote this very perceptive behind-the-scenes view of India, 'warts and all'..
Los Angeles: Harry Myers/Knapp Communications Corp., 1983. Book. Fine. Soft cover. 12 pages in entire issue, 14 illustrations from color and monochrome photos (including one double-page color photo). 4to/27.5cm. Pictorial wrappers, light wear, internally fine. A descriptive article about the former lavish life-style of the rulers of pre-Partition India's 562 princely states. Clark Worswick is a much published photo historian with nearly a dozen books to his name...